Wednesday, 10 July 2019

MPOV: Spider-Man: Far From Home

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
First released: June 28, 2019
Director: Jon Watts
Casts: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei and Samuel L. Jackson
Type: A 2019 superhero film based on a Marvel Comics character

In Ixtenco, Nick Fury and Maria Hill investigate an unnatural storm and later encounter the Earth Elemental. A super-powered man, Quentin Beck, arrives to fight the creature. Eight months later, in New York City, the Midtown School of Science and Technology restarts its academic year to accommodate the students who were among those resurrected in the Blip.[N 1] The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe, where Peter Parker, still distraught over Tony Stark's death,[N 1] plans to confess his growing feelings for classmate MJ and avoid heroics. At a fundraiser for the homeless coordinated by his Aunt May, Parker is forewarned by Happy Hogan that he will be contacted by Nick Fury, but Parker chooses to ignore the call. Parker leaves after being overwhelmed by questions about Stark.

Parker and his friends travel to Venice, and are among those attacked by the Water Elemental, which proceeds to wreak havoc on the city. Beck arrives and destroys the creature, while Parker attempts to help. Fury meets with Parker and gives him Stark's glasses, which were meant for his successor. The glasses are equipped with the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access to all databases of Stark Industries and commands a large orbital weapons supply. Beck claims the Elementals killed his family and that he hails from a different reality, one among many in the Multiverse. Parker rejects Fury's call to arms, opting to rejoin his class, but Fury covertly redirects the school trip's itinerary to Prague, where the Fire Elemental is projected to strike. It appears at a carnival, but Beck, with Parker's help, destroys it. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck to Berlin to discuss the formation of a new superhero team. Parker considers Beck worthy of being Stark's successor and bequeaths him the E.D.I.T.H. glasses. Unbeknownst to him, Beck is revealed to be a former holographic-illusions specialist at Stark Industries who was fired for his unstable nature, now leading a team of disgruntled ex-Stark employees and using advanced projector drones to simulate the Elemental attacks.

MJ deduces Parker is Spider-Man. They discover that a piece of debris she retrieved during the carnival battle is a projector that presents a simulation of the Air Elemental, leading the two to realize Beck is a fraud. When preparing for another illusion, Beck discovers MJ took evidence of his deception. Parker travels to Berlin and meets with Fury, only to realize that the version before him is an illusion created by Beck. He battles multiple illusions before Nick Fury apparently subdues Beck. Fury forces Parker to reveal anyone who has knowledge of the deception before being revealed as another illusion; ultimately hit by a train, Parker survives, albeit badly injured, and falls unconscious in a train car. Awakening in a jail cell in the Netherlands, he breaks out and contacts Hogan. Hogan flies Parker to London and reveals a suit-manufacturing machine left behind by Stark, which Parker uses to synthesize a customized costume. In London, Beck orchestrates an Elemental Fusion, seeking to kill MJ and any others to whom she might have revealed his secret. Parker breaks through the illusion, regains control of E.D.I.T.H., and defeats Beck, who dies by a misfired drone gunshot. Parker returns to New York City and begins a relationship with MJ.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This is by far the best Spider-Man movie of all time! Not only that, even the actors are much better than the previous ones! Tom Holland and Zendaya definitely have stepped up their game! It was so nice seeing them together, the whole awkward thingy to them being together with that boyish charm and all!

This movie definitely has been entertaining from the start to the end, except that the end had me clinging for more... can't wait for the next one with hints from the mid credit scene and another post credit scene. All kinds of anxieties with an enthralling story line made this movie more appealing. Highly recommended as it is worth every penny!

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

MPOV: The Scarlet Pimpernal

My rating: 1/5
Goodreads rating: 4.07/5

First published: 1905
Author: Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Genre: Historical romance

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.

The above taken from Goodreads.

TBH, from the start I have roughly guessed who is the scarlet pimpernal... hiding in plain sight, so to speak. As I was reading it through, I began to feel impatient and annoyed with the way the story was presented. It got on my nerves and I couldn't stand the book anymore that I had to skip and just read the last chapter.

In short, the prose is not my cup of tea and my guessing was right! Oh well, too much lud and faith I guessed plus that old fashioned language... such classic lit is definitely not in my books which is why I've avoided this genre! I noticed there were many who rated this highly so if you are into such genre, you would like it for sure, unlike me.

Friday, 21 June 2019

CSM: GMBB: Good Market - Family

This coming weekend, there will be a Family themed Good Market at GMBB from 11am to 8pm. Nyc Nat Nook is grateful to have been invited to join this creative market! Aside from selling crochet gifts, we will also have a mini crochet workshop, Understanding Basic Crochet, for freshies! So if you have no plans for this weekend, please do come by and holler us your support! If you are interested in our mini workshop, please send me an email to book a slot as seats are limited.

More deets here:
https://nycnatnook.easy.co/blogs/blog/family-good-market

GMBB Mall:
No. 2, Jalan Robertson, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

MPOV: Heretics of Thran (Distant Stars Saga #0.5)

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4/5

Published: January 2nd, 2017
Author: Tai Weiland
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, space opera

It was supposed to be a simple job: Nab the deviants and drag them home to Planetia. But Commandant Edrich Dekker soon discovers that there is nothing ordinary about his mission. Not the deviants, not the planet they were hiding in and certainly not the "god" they supposedly worship.

A 15,000-word prequel novella set in the space opera series, Distant Stars saga.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This is a surprising good read from a Malaysian author. Though a novella, it's engaging with many strong plots and characters. Well written with superb pace of story, I was truly entertained from the start till the end. It sure does feel like a mix of Star Trek + Elysium + other sci-fi but yet a unique new blend which was enthralling.

The next saga is Shadows of Corinar which was included at the end as an intro next read. An interesting one which I might get next once I have the time :-) The author should continue the saga as it has potential especially since it's different and uniquely Tai Weiland's.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Crochet: Cobblestone Cowl

I've recently made these and I absolutely love it! It was so easy to make and can easily finished it within a day but I took longer as I do have a life ya (Work and Pokemon Go got in the way LOL!)! I also love using bulky yarns as it's so easy to yarn over! I've made 3 of these for my sis-in-laws and niece-in-law so I could probably make another one for my own collection :-)






Pattern from www.allaboutami.com.

What I've used:
  • Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Monday, 17 June 2019

Phuket 2019: Phuket Town

Lately, we travelled to Phuket more often as it's affordable and it's near the beach! So I would not post the usual day to day as it's basically Banzaan Market, Jungceylon, Bangla Street and Patong beach, nothing out of the ordinary. This time around, we definitely did not have an itinerary and we just 'play by ear', depending on our mood. However, the ultimate new experience was taking a bus to Phuket Town! We have not done that before nor visited the town so this was a first for us and it was awesome!

We did scout around first for a transport to Phuket Town but lo and behold, taxi's wanted to charge us 500 - 600 Baht! After asking around, a nice chap told us to take the public bus from Patong beach and it will stop at Phuket Town, it's last destination. We found the mini bus terminal and there was a bus waiting so we just hopped on! No air-con, open air with windows down but the breeze was cooling, not stuffy nor humid. It was an exciting experience for us travelling like the locals and the fare was only 50 Baht per pax! So much difference comparing to the taxi!!!  It was definitely a pleasant one hour journey too.

So here are some snippets of the places we have visited at Phuket Town. The star is The Old Phuket Coffee Cafe! It's just a 5 mins walk from where we got down, thankfully as it was so hot that day! I honestly liked the decor of this cafe, so retro filled with so many vintage antiques!





After our cooling drinks, we walked around the vicinity, checking out the quaint locals. I had Pad Thai as I was suddenly hungry LOL! Too much walking I guess.........
Came across this old school clinic!
Huge straw hats!!!
A book cafe........
A wall art......
This is the winner! First time seeing such washing machine with coin insert! In Malaysia, we have many self service laundry using heavy duty machines but I've not seen such washing machines with coin inserts LOL!!! I was so jakun lah!

After walking around much, we decided to head back to Patong as it was getting late. It was already in the evening so we just hitched a bus back, easy peasy. These bus drivers will also shout 'Patong' so you definitely won't missed it. We will definitely explore the town more on our next trip back to Phuket :-)

Friday, 14 June 2019

CSM: MDDB Adoption Drive

MDDB ADOPTION DRIVE
DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 16
VENUE: THE SQUARE, JAYA 1, JALAN 13/6, PETALING JAYA
TIME: 12.00PM TO 6.00PM
THESE PUPPIES WILL ALL BE THERE TO SEEK THEIR FOREVER HOMES.
For more info, please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter/

Thursday, 13 June 2019

MPOV: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 6.7/10
Released: May 29, 2019
Director: Michael Dougherty
Casts: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Zhang Ziyi, Charles Dance, Kyle Chandler
Category: P-13

Paleobiologist Emma Russell works for crypto-zoological organization Monarch, tracking down and studying Titans, gigantic creatures that once dominated the Earth. She and her daughter Madison witness the birth of a giant larva dubbed Mothra. Emma calms Mothra down with a device, the "Orca", which is capable of emitting frequencies that can attract or alter Titan behavior. A group of eco-terrorists, led by Alan Jonah, attacks and kidnaps both Emma and Madison. Mothra manages to escape and cocoon herself. Monarch scientists Dr. IshirĊ Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham approach Mark Russell, Emma's ex-husband and Madison's father, to track them down. Mark is reluctant, due to his hatred for Godzilla after his son Andrew was killed during the 2014 attack on San Francisco.

They follow Godzilla to Antarctica where Jonah intends to free a Titan encased in ice codenamed "Monster Zero". Emma frees and awakens Monster Zero, who kills several Monarch members, including Dr. Graham, before engaging Godzilla in a fight. The Monarch team realizes that Emma was not kidnapped by the terrorists; she was working with them. Emma argues that the Titans will cull humanity and return the planet to its untainted state; all to avenge Andrew. Jonah and Emma awaken Rodan, in a volcano in Mexico. Monarch lures Rodan into fighting the approaching Monster Zero, but it swiftly defeats Rodan before being ambushed by Godzilla, who severs one of its heads. The Navy launches an "Oxygen Destroyer" missile, seemingly killing Godzilla. Monster Zero survives, regrows its head, and awakens other dormant Titans around the world, with Rodan submitting to its rule and causing Madison to disown her mother.

Through mythological texts, Dr. Ilene Chen discovers that Monster Zero is Ghidorah, an ancient alien seeking to terraform the planet now that its primary rival Godzilla is disposed of. Mothra emerges from her cocoon and flies to Monarch's Bermuda facility to communicate with Godzilla, who had survived the detonation and is recuperating in an ancient underwater city. Monarch decides to revive Godzilla so as to contest Ghidorah's influence over the other Titans. Traveling via submarine, Monarch locates Godzilla's undersea lair, where the whole area around him is highly radioactive. They deduce it will take years for Godzilla to absorb enough radiation to fully heal on his own. Monarch decides to detonate a nuclear weapon to speed up his healing process. Dr. Serizawa sacrifices himself by manually detonating the weapon, which revives Godzilla and increases his power.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This is absolutely an amazing and entertaining movie! I've totally enjoyed the overall movie plot and pace. Some might find it a bore but it does require each other to move on. I only find that the ending a little off with how they saved the civilians and how Maddie could just disappear without anyone realising. I guess by then they omitted to look into the details as the main plot was the legendary fighting scenes.

This time around, there are many close-ups of the monsters especially Godzilla. He definitely looked regal and majestic with his awesome nuclear powers! My favourite Tyranitar from Pokemon Go sure looks like him LOL!!! Anyway, CGI was tip top and everything blend in nicely!

Do stay until the end if you are not in a rush as there is a post credit scene which will lead to a sequel. Not sure if this is it but Godzilla vs Kong is scheduled to be released in March 2020.

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